Churchill's wedding photos sought 100 years on





‘I married and lived happily ever afterwards’ (Winston Churchill)

For the 100th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s marriage, the Churchill Archives Centre at the University of Cambridge has launched an appeal for information on lost photographs from the wedding. Following a brief engagement the previous month, Winston Churchill and Clementine Hozier were married on September 12th, 1908 in St Margaret’s Church, Westminster. According to recent research by the author Tom Norgate, photographs were undoubtedly taken by the photographer John William Righton, notably of the wedding breakfast at 52 Portland Place in London. The images are believed to include shots of wedding guests such as the future Prime Minister David Lloyd George and Churchill’s cousin the Duke of Marlborough, and of presents, including a gold-topped walking stick from King Edward VII. In celebration of the anniversary and alongside their appeal, the Churchill Archives Centre has also created a number of displays from their collection, which houses Winston and Clementine’s personal correspondence and photographs. Other celebratory events include a gala at the Churchill Centre’s 25th International Churchill Conference in Boston, USA, and a celebratory dinner hosted by David Coffer, the current owner of 52 Portland Place.


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